Tech's Animal and Food Sciences ranked in 'Top 20' by GraduateProgram.com
Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences recently was ranked among the Top 20 in the country, according to GraduatePrograms.com. The online guide ranks higher education programs based on student evaluations, which cover a variety of topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.
Tech's Department of Animal and Food Science came in at nineteen (19). "I was encouraged to see us in the Top 20," said Michael Orth, chairman of Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. "With the recent addition of outstanding new faculty, we are well positioned to improve our ranking in the future."
By way of comparison other Texas school rankings in animal science were Texas A&M University (18), Angelo State University (21), Texas A&M University-Commerce (23), and Stephen F. Austin State University (25). No. 1 was University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
About a decade ago Tech's animal and food sciences department moved into a new state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. The building includes four multimedia-classrooms, five specialized teaching and research labs, the largest retail meat cooler on a university campus, and a retail store.
The department has more than 20 active faculty members engaged in teaching, research and service across a number of cutting-edge fields, including food science, food safety, muscle biology, nutrition, animal well-being, breeding and genetics, physiology and with specialties in cattle, horse, sheep, goats, poultry and swine.
For a given graduate program, rankings were determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. Rankings reflect both current and recent students attending graduate programs at more than 1,500 schools.
Separately, Texas Tech was ranked among GraduatePrograms.com's Top 25 in the country in the following programs: sociology (5); architecture (7); kinesiology (7); nutrition (12); physical therapy (12); occupational therapy (14); medical (17); and mathematics (18).
"These rankings are recognition of the many excellent graduate programs we have at Texas Tech," said Mark Sheridan, Tech's Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. "Students enrolled in these programs receive a high-quality experience and are better prepared to enter the job market and advance in their careers. These rankings also play a role in helping attract top applicants into our graduate programs in the future."
By NORMAN MARTIN
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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